Sean & Trish Clarke
What inspires your art practice?
Sean Clarke is a 17 year old student working alongside his artist mother Trish Clarke. This work is to counterpoint the “black mirror” and digital world we engage with daily.
What materials do you work in?
Various mixed materials and metals.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Creating a monster version of a childhood game, this work highlights the disconnect within families in our digital age. Smartphones, Gaming, Youtube, Netflix, TikTok are often solo pursuits. One way to re-engage is by having game nights, or making efforts to play board games or puzzles. A simple reminder that children and teens still need fun interaction with their parents and peers that is removed from the relative ease of the digital world. With Sean expanding this work, it works as a dual metaphor, alongside the concept behind it, it takes a teen from in front of the screen and into the studio, working with his hands and engaging with his artist mother in the creation of the work.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Trish Clarke: I have been part of the design team in creating the 8m x 12m sculptural
“Camera Obscura” interactive sculpture on the Whangarei Town Basin waterfront. Alongside other public artworks, I exhibit in galleries across NZ.
Sean Clarke: Just starting out on my artistic career. Watch this space!!!
Where did you study?
Trish Clarke: NorthTec